The Practitioner Volume 55

The Practitioner Volume 55

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...restrictions must weigh heavily on the young and active, yet most of us can recall cases where their disregard has imperilled or even sacrificed life. If relapses can be avoided by such regimen, surely it might be thought that the former teaching of the caecal origin of the disease was justified; for such precautions would seem to be both rational and necessary in the view that the caecum in such subjects was a locus rmlnoris reslslentlw, liable to be provoked to inflammation on the slightest exposure to irritation or catarrhal influences. Nor does the rejection of the previous conception of typhlitis involve the abandonment of such wholesome measures of precaution. If the appendix alone is the source of all the symptoms it may well be that the wisest course to avoid its recurrent inflammation is to regard these precepts, but the problem is to determine whether it would not be wiser still to anticipate the relapse by radical removal of the offending organ. For there is something more than a possibility that the phenomena of typhlitis are all explicable by inflammation and ulceration of the appendix. The term " appendicitis," in spite of its barbarity, must be accepted as the equivalent of " typhlitis," and the whole current of our thought upon the latter must start from the central conception denoted by the former. The remarkable richness in lymphoid tissue of the submucosa of the appendix was dwelt on by Mr. Bland Sutton, who, if I mistake not, was the first to draw a comparison between this organ and the tonsil--a comparison which is at once suggestive and satisfactory. It implies that there may be other causes at work to excite inflammatory swelling of this lymphatic tissue than merely local irritation, and more

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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 440g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236744675
  • 9781236744678